With seven games left, six of them in the SEC, you wonder where Ole Miss might pick up a conference win to break its eight-game skid within the SEC.
Alabama is not a candidate for that job. Kentucky seems an obvious possibility, a task that becomes more difficult for Ole Miss because that’s a road game.
Unfortunately, the Rebels have the stronger teams at home – Alabama, Arkansas, LSU – and the more vulnerable teams on the road. Kentucky, Auburn and Mississippi State.
Auburn looked like it might be turning a corner defensively after its 16-13 win at then-No. 10 South Carolina, but last night at No. 10 Arkansas the Tigers gave up 262 passing yards to Tyler Wilson and 38 points.
Auburn also struggled uncharacteristically in its passing game, and quarterback Barrett Trotter is now 18-for-42 for 192 yards over his last two games.
Trotter split time with the more athletic Kiehl Frazier last night, but while Frazier ran the ball effectively, he was 2-for-4 passing with two picks.
MSU has struggled on offense recently, but Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen now has a decision to make at quarterback since Tyler Russell came off the bench and rallied MSU from a 3-0 deficit at UAB to a 21-3 win.
Trying to predict future success with a week-old result has its pitfalls. Teams typically don’t stay the same.
Auburn’s receivers will get healthier – two of its best ones didn’t play last night – and MSU, if indeed a change is made at quarterback, has more than a month to get in sync with Russell, who started fast against UAB.
The Rebels also have a chance to get better and need to improve most notably with their run defense and offensive line play.
A team and a fan base hungry for success got a taste of it against Fresno State but is really hungry for a taste of success in the SEC.